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Summer Challenger Football kicks off

Summer Challenger Football kicks off
Chief patron of the tournament, Zhaleo Rio shake hands with team captains .
Dimapur, Jul 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/24/2018 12:46:21 AM IST
Summer Challenger Football tournament, organised by Catalysts for Change (C4C) group, was kicked off by Zhaleo Rio, Deputy Speaker, NLA at Local Ground, Medziphema on Monday. 
Altogether, 25 teams from different districts are taking part in the tournament. The champions will receive a cash prize of Rs.50,000 sponsored by Rokolhu Angami, Class-I contractor, while the runners-up will be receive Rs.30,000 sponsored by Megozelhu Kuotsu. The individual prizes have been sponsored by Er. Rokobeito Meyase Iralu, SDO, Electrical Transmission, Dimapur. 
In a closely contested inaugural match, Ngaulwa Youth team, Peren edge out Kuda ‘B’ Youth, Dimapur by 3 - 2.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Zhaleo reflected on the past challenges of sportsmen like Dr. T. Ao who captained Indian team at the Olympics in 1948. “Today, we have Kivi Zhimomi who have been inducted in the U-23 Indian team and other sports persons who have made it to the top in their respective fields. It is always through commitment, dedication and perseverance that such goals are achieved,” Zhaleo stated while urging young players to be sincere and hardworking to overcome challenges. 
Citing the example of Hema Das, who made headlines for setting new World Record in 400m race just recently, Zhaleo noted that “Das came from a very poor background but sheer determination, discipline and sincerity drove her to break all earlier records. In the same vein, Nagas must inculcate these dominant qualities and be committed in order to excel in any field because we have the talent.” 
Zhaleo Rio, who was the Chief Patron of the ceremony, acknowledged the organisers of the event which can create interest for football lovers in the backdrop of the recently concluded World Cup. 
He remarked that the PDA government under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio will continue to strive for development and prosperity in all spheres. While exhorting the youths to “take advantage of the government’s vision for the welfare and uplift the youths,” Zhaleo also urged the people to play proactive roles towards a developed, congenial society. He also assured to give his utmost support for future ventures which can ring in changes for a better tomorrow.
Earlier in the program, Rev. Zhabu Terhüja, Pastor, BCAMT, invoked blessings while Megosolie Dolie, president, C4C, gave the Presidential address and Keneiseno Terhüja presented a special number. 

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